The combination of initiating a new beach pass process and the slight delay in getting out the 2016-17 Membership Dues Notices have kept the ladies at the Marco Island Civic Association busy this last week or so as they wade through the annual onslaught of renewals of those coveted documents.
The Board of Directors of MICA earlier this summer decided to not issue window stickers for automobiles, but instead will now require all beach members to present a picture ID card for entrance into the MICA Residents Beach property on Collier Boulevard.
Under the new provisions, all members of a family will be issued a card with their photo. Any member of a family 22 years old and younger will be eligible under the $140 a year charge for membership. Family members other than a mother and father who are over 22 years of age will be required to obtain a separate membership.
A member of MICA may have up to six individuals accompany them when entering the facilities, but a member must be present.
Should a family have company for a week or over a long weekend and they choose not to accompany them to the beach they would be required to purchase a 7-day visitor pass, at the cost of $40, to allow up to six of those visitors to enter the MICA facilities unaccompanied by the official MICA member.
“It is important that members keep those cards on them for identification purposes when entering the property or while visiting,” said MICA President Dianna Dohm. “Our desire here is to deal with the increasing demands for parking within the Residents Beach parking facilities at Collier and San Marco Road. We do have an additional lot located at South Collier and Swallow Avenue for members convenience,” said Dohm.
“Our staff is working hard to overcome any obstacles and answer questions regarding the changes. So far our members have been very receptive,” said Executive Director Ruth McCann. “We are looking at upgrading our membership card technology which will not require a visit to the office, but that may be a year off,” said McMann.
Should a property owner rent his or her home during season, the parties leasing only have to show their lease to be able to apply for a membership card, which will give them access. The lease must be for 30 days or more should they wish to obtain a pass.
You can visit the MICA website and fill out any of the applications online at www.marcocivic.com, but you will have to visit the office to have your picture and ID card processed. The same is true for all the members of your family.
The MICA offices are located above the Mutual of Omaha Bank at 1770 San Marco Road and are open between 9 AM and 4 PM Monday through Friday and are open on Saturday mornings between 9 AM and 11:30 AM for your convenience.